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Cloth Face Covering Options

Post Date:04/23/2020 4:29 PM

The City has issued an Order requiring persons working in or patronizing “essential businesses and operations,” as defined in the Governor’s Stay-at-Home Order, to wear a cloth face covering. 

A face covering protects the people around you. It will not protect you from catching COVID-19. Face coverings should be used in addition to following other recommended health practices, such as staying home except for essential tasks, social distancing, and washing your hands frequently. 

For those who don't have access to a face covering, there are several ways to comply with City Order. 

Make your own at home

You don’t need to buy any special equipment; a simple cloth face covering made at home will work. You can also use a scarf, bandana, t-shirt, or towel. Make sure to wash your face covering after each use. 

Follow CDC tutorials to make your own face covering at home. 

Purchase a mask from a local business

Many local businesses are selling cloth coverings at a reasonable price. 

Assembly Creators has a wide variety of options, ranging from bandanas to masks in multiple colors and prints. Masks are 100 percent cotton, washable, and reusable. Their "Sewn Together Chicago" face masks are created by local sewers affected by the COVID-19 crisis and help provide relief during this time. Order online.

Evanston Stitchworks is selling ready-to-wear masks made by local sewists. Masks are available in a selection of premium fabric prints and solids. Pick-up and shipping are available.

Fresh Prints of Evanston is making creatively designed bandanas and masks available for purchase. 

Evanston Imprintables has cotton tie back masks available in packs of 5. Masks are also available for custom printing with a minimum order of 36. Order online or through email.

Other Evanston businesses, including Kenney the KleenerArtem Pop Up Gallery, and Soapie’s, are also selling face coverings. Bulk face covering orders can be placed through Geiger or Consolidated Concepts.

Pick one up from the City of Evanston

Residents who don’t have access to a cloth face covering should call 311 to place a request. Limit 2 per person; max 8 per family.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under the age of 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the covering without assistance. Please get a note from your medical provider if your medical condition requires you to not wear a face covering.

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